Engineering

Smart windows could combine solar panels and TVs too

Imagine standing in front of a wall of windows, surveying the view. You hear someone enter the room behind you. You turn. "Welcome," you say. "Here is the video I wanted to show you." At the press of a button, the view vanishes ...

Energy & Green Tech

Self-powered system makes smart windows smarter

Smart windows equipped with controllable glazing can augment lighting, cooling and heating systems by varying their tint, saving up to 40 percent in an average building's energy costs.

Energy & Green Tech

Light can improve perovskite solar cell performance

Publishing in Nature, EPFL scientists show how light affects perovskite film formation in solar cells, which is a critical factor in using them for cost-effective and energy-efficient photovoltaics.

Energy & Green Tech

Solar power, kinetic energy turn on streetlights in Vegas plaza

(Tech Xplore)—Footsteps and the sun. The two key ingredients for Smart Street Lights, from EnGoPlanet. This month marks a big event for the New York based group, as it was announced that street lights powered by pedestrian ...

Energy & Green Tech

Nanomaterials can help make windows more efficient

A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory is using nanomaterials to improve the energy efficiency of existing single-pane windows in commercial and residential buildings. ...

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